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2018 Minnesota tax returns will be a bigger pain than usual

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Filing Minnesota state income tax returns for 2018 is going to be more of a pain than usual because lawmakers and the governor left a crucial piece of legislation unfinished, and it's too late to fix before the upcoming tax season. The unfinished business was a "tax ...

UMN students, faculty striving to improve diversity in CFANS

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of Minnesota students and faculty are collaborating to develop an equitable culture in agricultural studies. Fall 2018 enrollment statistics show that UMN's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is roughly 85 percent white, compared ...

Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90. Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown of Roseau, ...

Minnesota mom works to find help for son’s rare illness

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis mother said she has a full-time job finding help for her 4-year-old son whose left arm was paralyzed by a rare illness that's been characterized as similar to polio. Elaine Young told Minnesota Public Radio that the bulk of her days consist of making phone ...

Minnesota taxidermist sees increase in demand

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — The demand for European mount taxidermy is on the rise, according to a northern Minnesota man who's averaging about 400 skulls a year. Tony Petrie of Bemidji works as a sergeant in the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, but practices taxidermy in his spare time, ...

Authorities say Maple Grove officer justified in shooting

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Maple Grove police officer who shot and wounded a knife-wielding man during a confrontation in February was justified in his actions. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman made the announcement on Friday. Authorities say 20-year veteran Jeff ...

Lawyer: Man accused of taking $5 million never left country

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for a former grain elevator manager accused of stealing $5 million from the cooperative says his client disappeared for nearly three months because he needed to clear his head. Fifty-six-year-old Jerry Hennessey, of Dalton, is the former manager of the Ashby ...

Second lead-poisoning eagle euthanized at raptor center

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of Minnesota Raptor Center has euthanized a second eagle this hunting season because of lead poisoning. The Raptor Center says it sees lead poisoning cases annually beginning with deer hunting season and lead bullets are the main cause. The birds ...

University of Minnesota picks finalist for new president

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The woman who may become the next University of Minnesota president is a collaborative and approachable leader, according to education officials and colleagues. Joan Gabel is the only finalist interviewing to succeed Eric Kaler, The Star Tribune reported . The university's ...

Judge allows intentional murder charge in police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge will allow prosecutors to add an additional charge of intentional murder to the case of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman last year. Judge Kathryn Quaintance ruled Friday that prosecutors can amend their complaint against ...

American Indian leaders condemn acts of some at encampment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — American Indian leaders condemned the actions of a group working in a homeless encampment in Minneapolis, saying the group has become so aggressive that some outreach workers are afraid to enter the area to help those in need. The head of the Metropolitan Urban Indian ...

Willmar man gets 3 years in prison for weapons stockpile

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Willmar man who admitted that he illegally possessed a stockpile of weapons has been sentenced to three years in prison. Forty-six-year-old Chad Lee Monson was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court. According to court documents, authorities searched Monson's ...

Minnesota Orchestra conductor to step down in 2022

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska plans to step down when his contract ends in 2022. Vanska made the announcement at the orchestra board's annual meeting Wednesday. He says he wanted to give the organization plenty of time to find his replacement. Under ...

Minnesota’s next government faces $1.5B projected surplus

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota will have a projected $1.5 billion surplus for the next two-year budget period, state officials announced Thursday, setting the stage for a spirited debate over taxes and spending in the legislative session that starts in ...

Mail-only ballots discussed for presidential primary

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota political party leaders along with state and local officials are considering mail-only balloting for the 2020 presidential primary, a dramatic change from past practices in which citizens made their selections in party caucuses. The state will switch to a more ...

Historic 1920s Delta Queen riverboat can cruise again

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After a decade in dock, the historic 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday authorizing the 285-foot-long (87-meter-long) riverboat immortalized in poems and songs to cruise again along the Mississippi and ...

Minnesota cities turning to saltwater to keep roads ice-free

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Cities across Minnesota are turning to spraying a saltwater solution on roads to help keep them ice-free, with some saying it's more environmentally responsible than spreading rock salt. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has added brine sprayers to its fleet ...

Wild deer tests positive for wasting disease in SE Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife officials say a wild deer taken in Houston County has tested positive for apparent chronic wasting disease. The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that official confirmation will come later this week. The hunter has been notified, and the ...

Regents pick lone finalist for U of Minnesota president

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents on Wednesday advanced Joan Gabel, provost at the University of South Carolina, as the single finalist for the president's job at Minnesota's landmark university. If ultimately selected, Gabel would become the first female ...

Patrol: Troopers acted correctly in chase, playground crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says troopers worked within agency guidelines on pursuits when they chased a speeding driver who subsequently struck three children in a north Minneapolis playground. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the Patrol on Tuesday released squad ...

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